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December 14, 1996|T.J. SIMERS

PHILADELPHIA (8-6) at NEW YORK JETS (1-13): 9:30 a.m., Channel 11

Eagle quarterback Ty Detmer said he and his teammates will look like idiots if they lose to the Jets, and the Jets got mad at him for telling it like it is. New York is going to use Detmer's remarks to get fired up, so maybe they lose by 20 instead of 28. Rich Kotite, who lost his last seven games as the Eagles' coach before joining the Jets as coach, is 4-33 in his last 37 games, and that's who the Jets ought to be mad at.

--Say what: Philadelphia is 1-0 at Giants Stadium this season. The Jets are 0-6 there.

--Player to watch: Jet wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who when not hurt has been whining about getting the ball more, set a franchise rookie record with his seventh touchdown catch last week. Just think if the Jets had a quarterback who could get the ball to the team's receivers.

--Finally: So hard to believe, but the Eagles have trounced the Jets five consecutive times.

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SAN DIEGO (7-7) at CHICAGO (6-8): 1 p.m., Channel 4

The Chargers contend they are in the playoff hunt, although they have lost six of their last nine games. Since winning the AFC championship game in Pittsburgh in 1994, the Chargers have gone 16-16. The Bears have shown signs of life, but any team that has to start Dave Krieg at quarterback is going to be home for the holidays.

--Say what: The Chargers are an NFL-best 7-1 (.875) on Saturdays with a minimum of five games played on that day. Sunday is their real problem day.

--Player to watch: Stan Humphries, who had a concussion, returns as Charger quarterback, although he has thrown six interceptions in his last 11 quarters.

--Finally: The Chargers are coming on strong at season's end with 10 turnovers in their last two games.

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